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Single site arrangements updated for workers in Greater Melbourne and Greater Sydney

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The Federal Government is extending single site funding support until August 14 in affected regions in New South Wales.

In line with recent announcements from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, single site workforce arrangements and Government funding is being extended to all local government areas across Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Workers at residential aged care facilities in these areas are asked to continue to limit their work to a single facility to reduce the risk of transmission and protect workers and residents until at least August 14.

Grant funding remains available to support implementation of these arrangements during this period through the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 Grant. Providers are able to make an application until December 31.

These arrangements may be further extended on the advice of Professor Kelly and in line with the de-escalation criteria set out in the National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan, including an assessment of the risk to vulnerable populations, such as those in aged care.

Providers can access guidance on how to implement single site arrangements, including employee relations expertise, through the Guiding Principles Support Hub website or hotline on 1800 491 793.

Single site workforce arrangements for Greater Melbourne

Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne and following the declaration of a COVID-19 hotspot by the Chief Medical Officer, workers at residential aged care facilities in impacted areas are asked to limit their work to a single facility to reduce the risk of transmission and protect workers and residents.

Government grant funding is now available to support implementation of these arrangements in Victoria during an initial two week period, from July 16 to July 30.

Based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer, and in line with advice from the Victorian Government, these arrangements are limited to residential aged care providers in the areas:

  • Greater Melbourne (all Metropolitan Melbourne local government areas),
  • Moorabool Shire,
  • City of Greater Geelong,
  • Borough of Queenscliff and
  • Surf Coast Shire

Providers in these areas are asked to adjust their rosters and ensure staff are only working at one residential aged care facility within this region during this time.

Workers are encouraged to speak with their primary employer and look to work all shifts during this period with the residential aged care provider where they were working the most hours prior to the outbreak.

To the greatest extent possible, the employer should seek to match any hours no longer being worked with a secondary employer to ensure the worker is not financially disadvantaged.

It is important workers also retain the security of any secondary employment.

In addition to funding support, providers can also access guidance on practical implementation of single site arrangements, including employee relations expertise, through the Guiding Principles Support Hub or by calling the hotline – 1800 491 793

Where these arrangements result in additional workforce expenses, providers are able to seek reimbursement from the Australian Government through the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) Grant.

The SACWIC grant opportunity remains open until December 31, 2021.

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